ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in March, down four-tenths of a percentage point from 8.3 percent in February.
In Clayton County, the jobless rate was 9.9 percent in March.
State labor officials said Thursday the rate declined because of an increase in the number of jobs and fewer new layoffs.
Metro Athens had the state's lowest jobless rate at 5.9 percent.
The Heart of Georgia-Altamaha region had the highest at 10.4 percent.